LOS ANGELES (CBS 5 / AP / BCN) ― Police on Thursday said a lineup to determine whether witnesses to the brutal beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow could identify the man suspected of leading the attack had a “successful” outcome.

“It went well… it added to our group of evidence,” Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck said at a news conference, adding that he was “absolutely confident” they have the right man.

Beck said the LAPD would be submitting their case against Giovanni Ramirez to the district attorney’s office “at the appropriate time in the near future” when they can make the “best case possible” with an “abundance of evidence.” It would then be up to prosecutors to decide whether to file charges.

But the chief told reporters, “There are standards for arrest in this state. We have met that standard, we have exceeded that standard… I am as sure as you need to be to make an arrest and to pursue a prosecution.”

Police arrested Ramirez, 31, over the weekend at his Hollywood home following a tip from his parole officer. He remained in custody Thursday on a parole hold stemming from a prior conviction for being a felon in possession of a gun.

Stow, a paramedic and father of two, was wearing an orange Giants jersey when he was taunted, knocked to the ground, punched and kicked after the opening game of the season between the Giants and Dodgers.

Authorities have not identified a second attacker and a woman suspected of driving the pair from the scene of the March 31 attack against Stow outside Dodger Stadium in a parking lot.

Attorney Anthony Brooklier, who is representing Ramirez, said he believed police had the wrong man. Brooklier denied his client was even at the ball game and said the man’s 10-year-old daughter would testify to that effect.

“I just think it’s a mistake,” Brooklier said after visiting with Ramirez at the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles.

“He wasn’t at the game. I think he’s got a tremendous alibi,” Brooklier said. “He is willing to take a police polygraph. I’ve never had anybody said that to me in almost 40 years that I’ve been practicing criminal defense.”

Beck declined to comment on the alibi claim, but the chief told reporters: “Giovanni Ramirez is and was and has been our primary suspect on the Stow beating,”

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

A parole photograph released to the media bears some similarity to a composite sketch released earlier by police. In the photo, a shaven-headed Ramirez is shown with tattoos on his neck and a small marking under his left eye.

The latest development in the case against Ramirez came just a coule days after Stow’s family sued the Los Angeles Dodgers and team owner Frank McCourt, contending the Dodgers were negligent by not providing more security and not having adequate lighting in the parking lot where the incident occurred.

Dodgers attorney Jerome M. Jackson said the organization has been steadfast in its support for Stow and investigators, but would defend itself against the allegations.

Stow, 42, of Santa Cruz, remained in critical but stable condition at San Francisco General Hospital on Thursday; he was under heavy sedation to prevent seizures caused by the traumatic brain injury he suffered in the beating.

Attorney Thomas Girardi, who represents the Stow family in the lawsuit, said that Barry Bonds had donated money for a college fund for Stow’s two young children.

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Comments (16)
  1. jgirl says:

    I feel badly for the family, but to be fair the Dodgers should pay all hospital bills and assure his children are compensated until they become adults.

  2. TR says:

    I am not sure it is the Dodgers at fault here. Who is the event planning company and ultimately who owns the location?

  3. adam says:

    Just look at him! He is a suspect already and maybe connected to other crimes. Rot in jail!

    1. V says:

      and his alibi is his 10 year old daughter who most likley can’t remeber what she ate for lunch yesterday, and you think she can remeber over a month ago!

  4. jg says:

    TR, I always thought the City or a some kind of business owns the stadiums. I don’t think the team is in charge of security operations either…but I am not sure. I hope Bryan makes a full recovery.

  5. Sam Mallory says:

    Personally I think that even with better lighting and more security this would have happened. Just a regular POS with a bunch of 3rd world burger flippers protecting him. Hope they like the aiding and abetting a wanted fugitive.

  6. SFCARE! says:

    Thank you! I am going to go pray now and hope that this guy is the right one? and ask? the Lord! ” he stays lock up 4 a very long time.”

  7. Me and Bobby McGee says:

    ‘Yeap yeap yeap!! “It’s him alright,110%.” I’ll have me a Becks now. Have a wonderful evening everybody.

  8. Nosy says:

    Notice his attorney Brooklier hides behind words by saying “I just think it’s a mistake,” and “I think he’s got a tremendous alibi,”. If Brooklier is certain then there is no need to use work such as “think”. Keep in mind that he can think anything he wants and as long as he said he thinks, then he is not lying. You don’t see police or prosecutor uses the “think” word because they are certain and confidant.

  9. Don says:

    It’s interesting that the sketch has no neck tattoos. It looks exactly like him, but his tattoos are so prominent and I’m surprised the witnesses omitted mentioning it.

    1. Hawk says:

      They said that he had neck tattoos (job stoppers) before they arrested the guy. It’s interesting that they didn’t put them in the sketch… they probably didn’t know what to draw.

  10. Brians Friends says:

    I think that Bryan’s friends should be sued ….
    I guess now Ican sue Traget for not having enough security when my car got keyed …

    The picture doesn’t look like the guy ……

    1. 'To wish for a speedy recovery for Bryan says:

      You are not Bryan’s friend which you clam you are. If you were his friend you would agreed on the police composite drawing. You are a freaking liar just like the rest of his low life family. Its amazing how a criminal like yourself think. What a joke!

  11. LOKI says:


  12. The mayor says:

    he is an ugly druggie gang member and should be tossed out of a plane as punishment

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